Photos: 3D printers, a tour of the top models

RepRap 3D printer

Print your own 3D printer. No, really. RepRap, which created one of the first open source desktop 3D printers, emphasizes its ability to print plastic objects, specifically the parts to self-replicate another RepRap printer. All the materials to make the Mendel cost just over $500. 

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By Lyndsey Gilpin

Lyndsey Gilpin is a former Staff Writer for TechRepublic, covering sustainability and entrepreneurship. She's co-author of the book Follow the Geeks.